Restaurants in the Loop

The Loop in downtown Chicago is the country's second largest business district, and that makes for a whole lot of hungry office workers (and shoppers) looking for food. To feed them all, there are also a whole lot of restaurants, but not all of them are good--how to know? Consult our list of the best Loop restaurants, of course, whether you're looking for a casual bite or an elegant meal. (Photo: Tavern at the Park)

Updated: July 09, 2010

Restaurants in the Loop


619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

The decor is sleek, modern and simple, and the food is a decadent mix of American and French cuisine. But don't expect to score a table without a reservation or a wait--all the trendsetters and business folks head here.

Chicago French Market

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

From buttery croissants to fries and hot dogs, the French Market inside Union Station (we like Buen Apetito or Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer) satisfies just about every craving. Pick up food to go, or dine in at one of the many restaurants inside.

The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

This Michigan Avenue gastropub draws the post-work crowd with swanky grub, cool factory-inspired decor and a go-getter ethic.

Tavern at the Park

130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

This upscale tavern--nestled along the edge of Millennium Park--offers a sophisticated meal (think steaks, seafood and pastas) in an intimate atmosphere.

South Water Kitchen

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

This bi-level restaurant boasts a classy, comfortable bistro feel, with roomy booths, rich wood accents and a buzzing open kitchen. Corporate types power-lunch alongside a pre-theater and post-shopping crowd on two levels.

Marc Burger

111 N State St, 7th Flr, Chicago, IL 60602

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson joins fellow James Beard winners (like Alinea's Grant Achatz) at this foodie-friendly food court inside Macy's.

cibo matto

201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

Loop trendsetters flock to this restaurant inside the Wit Hotel for upscale Italian food in a dark and sexy atmosphere.